James E. Reid, Esq.
President, Advocate’s Forum, Inc.
Jim began his legal career as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps where he was assigned as a Trial Counsel (Prosecutor) for the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune.
Since his return to Upstate New York in the late 1970’s, Jim has litigated cases as a defense counsel, plaintiff’s counsel, and prosecutor for over 35 years.
That practical experience led Jim to the conclusion that, in many cases, there was a more cost‑effective, speedier and, perhaps, fairer resolution of claims.
Jim began mediating and arbitrating cases in 1996. In 1999, he undertook the rigorous training to become a Certified Grievance Mediator for the New York State Grievance Committee. Since 1996, he has been requested by insurance company representatives, defense attorneys, and plaintiff’s attorneys to both arbitrate and decide cases, as well as mediate hundreds of cases.
In 2001, he formed his own arbitration and mediation company, Advocate’s Forum, Inc. That platform serves as a means by which people can bring their cases, through Jim’s efforts, to a successful resolution; a resolution that they have control over and active participation in.
Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. Fellows go through a comprehensive application process based on their experience, skill, reputation, ethical standards and commitment to alternative dispute resolution. Established in 1995, the College accepts members who have clearly demonstrated years of working in the field at the highest level of achievement. Fellows regularly engage in conducting education programs, lecturing, and authoring publications.